Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The bye week is supposed to be a week off for everyone while the players get a week of rest. This bye week has left us all in a bit of shock with a bunch of questions to be answered.
If you have been following the Chicago Blackhawks since Coach Q took over then you know anything you expect, he normally does the total opposite so predicting what Q will do is a real task.
My first guess would be that it will be more of the same with him riding the hot goalie. He’s played Jeff Glass and Anton Forsberg in back to back situations instead of rotating the goalies. So I really don’t see Q naming a new #1 goalie while Crawford is out.
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Of course, Stan Bowman could trade for a rental goalie before the trade deadline if they aren’t comfortable with their goalie options and they really think they will make a deep run in the playoffs. They could clear a bunch of salary cap room by placing Crawford on L.T.I.R. This option really seems unlikely to me because it would cause the Hawks to give up a prospect for a rental in a year they have been incredibly inconsistent with the goalie position being the consistent piece.
I hope Crawford comes back this season, but I was starting to worry before the news broke this week. Get better soon #50!
Here are some morning links to start your Friday!
Three years of Crawford rumors explained in one post (The Rink)
Why the Crawford situation is very tricky for the Chicago Blackhawks (CSN)
Which new NHL head coach is having the biggest impact this season (FanRag)
What are the keys to the Avalanche playing well on homestand (Mile High Sticking)
How did the Winnipeg Jets become Canada’s best team (Sportsnet)
Crawford for MVP? (Puck Daddy)